Did a real-life rainmaker almost drown San Diego?

Fields in rain near Aksaray, Central Anatolia DEA / ARCHIVIO J. LANGE / Getty Images

Charles Mallory Hatfield considered himself a real-life rainmaker (or, as he preferred to describe himself, a 'moisture accelerator') and, when San Diego faced one of its most damaging droughts, Hatfield cracked a deal: He'd bring the water back to San Diego. City officials were skeptical, but desperate -- and, as ridiculous as it might sound -- they got more than they bargained for.